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Phil's BBQ

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579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA
+1 760-759-1400
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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San Diego california
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Once a year, Phils BBQ brings their big grills and great food to the Padres game for a special fund raising night and we never miss it. The best BBQ in town.

Thank Traveler854
San Marcos, California
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Phils is the type of place you go if you don't know where to get the amazing bbq but you still want bbq. It's standard bbq menu has something for every one. The sauce is good. The meat is good. Nothing fancy and they do a good job. Never had a bad meal there. Well except once when my beef... More 

Thank Amanda D
Carlsbad, California
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Phil's BBQ has a great reputation, but they just don't do it for me. Portions are huge. The ribs are really meaty and big - not back ribs? The BBQ sauce is way too sweet for me. The huge order of french fries were cold. I have a hard time ordering ribs at a restaurant after making them at home.

Thank Tradester
San Diego, California
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family has been here numerous times and the food has always been perfect. The ribs fall right off the bone as they should, the beans, and other sides very good as well. It's also easy to order for potlucks or family get togethers. Our mouth always waters when we talk about it. Don't hesitate!

Thank Michelle C
Phoenix, Arizona
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the family there for dinner. So much great food we could not eat it all. Go there everything I am in the area. Best BBQ anywhere.

Thank Mike O
Laguna Hills, California
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126 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Full rack of baby back with one side for $19.95. It doesn't get better than this. Soft drinks with free refills $2.20. But the quality is the reason we go to Phil's, not the price, but the prices put the others to shame. Phil's has huge volume, and prepares and sells a huge amount of food every day so the... More 

Thank Pat B
San Marcos, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food great service.......a must on your list for BBQ. The one in San Marcos has a large bar area too

Thank gailnacin
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place has high quality taste! Great BBQ with MASSIVE portions. Highly recommend if you are a BBQ fan. The onion rings are hand battered! The ribs are tender, pulled pork was some of the best I have had!

Thank Alombard
Bilthoven, The Netherlands
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121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As European visitors we truly wanted to visit the by all Trip Advisor participants chosen number one place to eat in San Marcos. So we did visit Phil's BBQ restaurant. I guess if you like the combination of large quantities of meat, grease and barbecue sauce, this is the place to be.

1 Thank Hans S
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a good BBQ stop. Food is good and portions are very large. It is close quarters and a tough place to talk as it is always very loud. We go here frequently as we have never really gotten a bad meal here. If you are a moderate eater most meals can be shared.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: +1 760-759-1400
The San Diego site was featured on the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food. Great food and interesting ordering/food pickup venue. All ages welcome.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?